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Feeling Burnt Out? 3 Ways to Cultivate Calm in Your Home

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Imagine this: you’re on a wellness retreat in the British countryside. You can hear the birds chirping away as the sun begins to rise and a golden hour glow fills the room. You’re surrounded by peace and serenity, about to partake in a relaxing yoga flow, leaving your worries behind and giving yourself the best start to the day.

It sounds like a dream, right? So what if you could create this atmosphere in the comfort of your own home?

Whether it’s opting for more soothing bedroom lighting, tuning into green noise, or adding more plants to cleanse the space, the interiors experts at ValueLights have teamed up with Iain Ross of Proud Yoga to share advice on how to create your own wellness retreat at home.

Iain, who specialises in leading trauma-informed yoga retreats, says: “Creating a retreat space is all about giving yourself as little to think about as possible. In our day-to-day lives, we’re faced with so many decisions, consciously and subconsciously, that it can quickly become overwhelming. I would go so far as to say it’s a big reason so many of us are burned out.

“When I’m creating a retreat space, I offer as many props as possible to create optimum comfort – so think blankets, cushions, and eye masks – aiming for that cosy Sunday morning in bed kind of vibe. The aim is to bring the body to somewhere where there is absolutely zero physical exertion needed to hold yourself there.”

Replicate natural light

Marlena Kaminska, designer at ValueLights says: “Lighting can make or break the atmosphere in any room, and when trying to create a wellness space, it’s key to replicate natural light as much as possible. The subtle warm glow of a sunrise is not only nice to look at, but it can also help improve your mood and boost productivity. When curating your own at-home wellness retreat, think about how you can incorporate this into your space by using warm-toned bulbs on a low level; sunrise alarms are perfect for this.”

Iain comments: “Sense withdrawal is also key. We’ve seen a rise in things like flotation tanks and dark rooms, all aiming to do the same thing, which is to tune out from the outside world. Keep the lighting low; candlelight or lamplight is ideal, and try to find a quiet spot. If it isn’t comfortable to close or cover the eyes, then just try to blur the focus while keeping them open, or focus on one single point.”

Bring the outside in

Marlena says: “There are so many benefits to biophilic design, both psychological and physical, including improved mood, reduced stress levels, and reduced fatigue – all common goals of a wellness retreat – so it makes sense to tap into the trend when creating a wellness space.

“Surrounding yourself with plants is a great place to start. Plants bring life into any space and immediately make you feel at one with nature. On top of this, think about natural accents you can introduce to the room, such as wicker lamp shades and jute rugs.”

Use green noise 

Marlena explains: “Sound is so important when curating the perfect atmosphere for any space. Recent research from Boots Hearingcare revealed that the top three most relaxing sounds for people in the UK are waves, rain on a window, and birds singing.

“Three natural sounds that we’re lucky to hear every so often are classed as ‘green noise’ and encourage a welcome break from the busyness of our daily lives. If, however, you don’t live near a beach or you’re lucky enough to live in a non-rainy area, you could use a sunrise alarm that replicates these sounds.”

Iain shares his expertise on using sounds during a yoga session: “Often people like to use music; however, I’d recommend choosing something that you’re not going to tune into or sing along to. White or green noise can work really well for this.”

Iain adds: “Importantly, allow yourself to be in your space without any real force or demand. It can be really easy to set up the perfect space to retreat only to feel stressed or beat ourselves up when our mind doesn’t immediately slow down.

“Slowing down and resting is a process, so if you need to move around or fidget for a bit, then go ahead. Take a few deep breaths, and then allow yourself to sink into your space with ease. If you find the mind is racing, then try counting the breath so you have one sole point of focus, which will eventually help to slow things down.”

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